French authorities recognize as terrorist attack on police officer in Rambouillet

French Prime Minister Jean Castex called the attack on a female police officer in the commune of Rambouillet (Yvlin department) a new terrorist attack.

“Once again, the department of Yvlin has been severely tested by a terrorist attack,” said Castex, who arrived at the police commissariat in the commune of Rambouillet, where a police officer was killed in a knife attack.

“She was a police officer. Stephanie was killed at her police station in Rambouillet, in the land of Evelyn, which has already experienced similar killings. The nation along with her family, co-workers, and law enforcement. In the fight against Islamic terrorism, we will not give up,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on his Twitter page.

In connection with the incident, the head of the Interior Ministry Gerald Darmanen ordered to strengthen the security of police stations and gendarmerie buildings.

Meanwhile, investigators have already established that the terrorist was a 36-year-old Tunisian, who received a residence permit in France two years ago. He had recently moved to live in Rambouillet, southwest of Paris.

This afternoon he entered the building of the local commissariat and attacked a police officer who was in the lobby. She died of her wounds. The assailant was shot by her colleagues at the entrance to the building and was hospitalized in serious condition and died shortly thereafter.

The attacker clearly had prepared for the attack in advance and had studied the police station’s schedule, according to the Office of the Terrorism Prosecutor. During the attack, he shouted “Allahu akbar!” The combination of these elements, according to investigators, indicates that this was an act of terrorism.

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